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Student Admission Pledge Forms, Class 99, Bridgewater State Normal School
Tuition was waived for Normal School students pledging to teach in the public schools within Massachusetts. Students in the first decades of the State Normal Schools vowed their intention to teach by signing their names in a large ledger book. Beginning in the 1860s each entering student was asked to sign a printed form, which also noted other personal information such as the student's address, birth date, father's name and occupation, and school last attended. Students usually signed the forms when they took the entrance examinations at the start of their first term. These 23 signed pledges are from the 99th Class, which entered the State Normal School at Bridgewater on February 8, 1882. Noted class members include Winfield S. Nickerson (who became a physician and professor of histology at the University of Minnesota), Charles E. Adams (who taught at Salem State Normal School), and James S. Perkins (who served as superintendent of schools in Canton, MA). Hermon L. West was a legacy student - his father Thomas H. West was a member of the 55th class of the school.
State Normal School (Bridgewater, Mass.) - Students
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